How To Fry Halloumi Recipe – The Basic Way

Halloumi. Is it just me or is Halloumi a difficult word to spell? I rely heavily on Google as a spell checker and the ‘halloumi’ is one of the reasons why.

Ignoring my pitiful attempts to spell and use correct grammar, Halloumi is a versatile type of cheese that makes an excellent substitute for meat where tofu is just not an option.

While not a recipe, this article will describe the basic way to cook this excellent cheese.

All we need is a knife, a frying pan, some extra virgin olive oil and of course, the Halloumi.

Halloumi block

Not to say that Halloumi has the taste or texture of meat products. However, it has decent nutritional values regarding protein and fat profiles, as well being quite versatile when being cooked with.

Halloumi is quite a stable cheese. It’s sturdy, does not crumble, has a high melting point, can be fried, grilled, bakes and it can even take on flavours without losing its signature texture and squeak.

All these qualities allow for many dish possibilities such as salads, burgers, curries, BBQ and more.

Halloumi cooked and sliced


The type of Halloumi is entirely up to you. It can be plain or flavoured with some herbs.

Halloumi in a frying pan
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Fry Halloumi – The Basic Way

The easiest, quickest and most basic way to cook Halloumi.

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine N/A
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 180 kcal
Author Sumear


  • 200 g Halloumi
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil Small amount to brush the sides of the cheese with

Tools needed: Frying pan (griddle pan preferred), Sharp knife, Brush for the oil (optional, makes it easier to not over oil the cheese)


  1. Unpack your Halloumi and if it was vacuum packed in some form of liquid, pad dry with some kitchen roll or a clean fibre free dishcloth.

  2. Cut the Halloumi into chunky slivers, about 1cm thick.

  3. Using a brush if possible, lightly oil both sides of each Halloumi slice.

  4. Place the pan on the hob on a medium to high heat and place the cheesy goodness on it.

  5. Grill the Halloumi until its slightly golden brown which takes about 3 minutes. 

  6. Flip the Halloumi over and cook for another 3 minutes. We still want it to be soft on the inside.

  7. Serve immediately in your dish (salad, burger, etc) and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

For a little extra pizzazz, garnish with some fresh herbs or lemon.